We’ve had a few questions about what’s appropriate to bring to the Food Swap, so today’s post is to give you ideas or to assure people about their swap choices.
The idea behind a food swap is to celebrate the local food scene, so you can bring anything you want… as long as it’s something you (or your family) have grown, baked or made. Essentially, as long as it’s not commercially made (ie: you stopped at the grocery store on the way), you’re good.
Still not sure? Some of the things we’ve seen at previous swaps include:
Borscht and other Soups
Gluten Free Crackers
Freshly Made Almond Milk
Bunches of Fresh Herbs
Fresh Rhubarb Stalks
Fresh Jerusalem Artichokes
Preserves, Jams, Jellies and Pickles of all varieties
Hand-knitted Wash Clothes
…and so much more!
It’s up to you. What’s your favourite food at the moment (are you totally into apple muffins right now)? What do you have a lot of in the garden (do you suffer from too-much-zucchini-itis)? Bring it to the swap.
We have a lot of people signed up for the swap, about 20 people. Don’t think you have to bring 20 of the same thing. If a batch of muffins is enough for 6 people, bring that. You are not obligated to bring something to swap with each person attending. You are there to have fun, so don’t feel the pressure to bring 20 things… bring what you like. And you can bring multiple things: 6 portions of muffins, 4 poundcakes, 3 jars of jam… and a partridge in a pear tree! Actually, don’t bring the partridge in a pear tree, as I don’t know how we’d get a tree in the building and I don’t think birds are allowed inside!
That list (minus the partridge) brings up a good point. How do you decide what your currency is? Well, that is up to you. Everything needs to come to the swap packaged or bundled and ready to swap. Do not bring a bunch of things, planning to say “take what you want”. Have an idea of what you think is a fair swap. Each item or package you bring is one piece of currency. At previous swaps, a lot of people used mason jars or similar containers for their items, particularly anything liquid. Baking is often one small cake, 4-6 muffins, a typical sized loaf, etc.
Tomorrow we’ll discuss packaging, which is the fun part. Creative, fun packaging is always fun!